Newsletter for January 1st 2017 – Mary Mother of God
|Times of Mass and Devotions|
Mary Mother of God
|Sat 31st||Cranleigh||6.00pm||Vigil Mass||People of the Parish|
|Fr Tony’s Ints|
Fr Tony’s Ints
|Wed 4th||Cranleigh||7.30pm||Mass – St Elizabeth|
|Fri 6th||Cranleigh||10.00am||School Mass for Epiphany|
|Epiphany of the Lord|
|Baptism of Tracy Orioha|
Parish Mass & Baptism
Vespers for Epiphany
|The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses|
Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time
Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
We welcome Father Tony Bridson at all Masses next weekend. Fr David will be back from a break on Wednesday morning next week. Next Sunday we look forward to the baptisms of Tracy Orioha and Maddilyn Ludlow. Please pray for them.
We are all too old to remember but New Years Day was, at one time, not on the first of January but on the 25th March – the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) although it was Julius Caesar who first set January the 1st as New Year’s Day – the Day when the Consuls of the Roman Senate took their seats. At one time Christmas Day marked the beginning of New Year as did March the 1st in some places. The Gregorian reforms of 1582 set January 1st as New Years day and also while they were at it they corrected the calendar that was misaligned with the sun by deleting ten days. This is why we pay our taxes on the 4th April as the City felt that ten days had been “stolen” from them and refused to pay tax until the 10 days had been put back in when we adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. The 1969 revision of the liturgical calendar replaced the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus with the Mary, Mother of God and also the commemoration of the conferral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
I just wanted to comment on the Christmas celebrations, which were, I think, very lovely indeed. So many people helped to make them memorable and joyful even in the midst of the current feeling of doubt and uncertainty in the world. I really felt that the readings and the music contributed to a message of hope for us – that God knows our needs and fears and Jesus is his answer – and remains so.
I have been very touched by the many messages of support and thanksgiving and the many kind gifts, both monetary and in the form of food and drink. You have been most generous to Helen and me and we am very grateful. Looking forward to the new year I would just like to alert you to some programmes that will help us all grow deeper in faith and in the understanding of our catholic faith. I will be looking for participants and also people to help run them. They will be a lot of fun but also, most importantly, help us deepen our understanding of Jesus’ role in our lives and in the Church. The FHC programme continues as does the Confirmation programme. My thanks to the volunteers that give so much of their time and energies to both of those.
With my love